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TREND CONTROL SYSTEMS Versatile Meter Interface Answers Multiple Choice Question 

The newly developed Ethernet Metering Interface Controller (EMIC) from Trend Control Systems Ltd provides a cost-effective way of allowing readings from multiple, multi-parameter electricity meters to be automatically channeled to a Trend building energy management system (BEMS), where they can be displayed, analysed and then acted on to effect energy savings.

EMIC is compatible with 13 commonly installed multi-parameter Modbus sub-meters from six manufacturers – namely, Elcontrol, Socomec, Northern Design, IME, Carlo Gavazzi and Autometers Systems. Three versions are available, for applications involving up to 8, 16 and 32 networked meters. All are able to log and communicate up to 25 parameters, including kWh, kVAh, kVArh, maximum demand, power factor and frequency.

The simple-to-engineer EMIC interface connects to a Trend building energy management system via the latter’s Ethernet TCP/IP communications network. The metered data is instantly accessible through any of the BEMS’s ‘963’ supervisors (operator interfaces), which can display it in various formats – including trend graphs. By studying the power consumption readings for the different zones and plant within a building, an energy manager would be able to identify where waste is occurring and take appropriate remedial action – such as making adjustments to the BEMS’s control settings.

Potential energy savings may also be revealed by other measured parameters such as power factor values, which can highlight plant operating inefficiently. In addition, maximum demand data might provide the basis for a load management strategy that would cut peak usage charges – and consumption.

Data from multiple sites can be downloaded, via a company intranet or the internet, by a ‘963’ at a central location, thereby allowing estate-wide comparisons and control changes. The electricity usage data could also be input to Trend’s iMAT online M&T package, which automatically reports incidents of over-consumption.

Trend intends to develop the EMIC to accommodate other electricity meter models and is also developing a similar interface for M-Bus heat meters.

The installation of electricity sub-meters is a prerequisite for gaining an accurate picture of how energy is being used within a building. Sub-metering is set to rise as new climate change legislation begins to bite, which will bring a renewed focus on measuring and managing energy consumption.

Email: edhallatt@eggconnect.net


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